Theater groups join for production of 'Bakersfield Mist'

CENTER SANDWICH — Off The Dock Players and The Sandwich Players have joined forces to present Stephen Sachs’s play, "Bakersfield Mist," the last two weekends in August (18,19, 25, 26 and 27). Inspired by true events, the play asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Maude, a 50-something bartender and a pack rat, buys a painting in a thrift store for a few dollars for her friends birthday. When her friend refuses it, she puts it in a yard sale where an art teacher tells her it might be a Jackson Pollock. One afternoon, in Maude’s trailer home, Lionel Percy, an internationally acclaimed art expert, arrives from New York to authenticate (or not) the painting. He and the audience will get a lot more then they bargain for in this gripping and funny 80-minute clash of culture, truth, loss and art.

Rebecca Cole and Hank Offinger return to the Sandwich stage after their success together in A.R Gurney’s "Love Letters" last winter where an audience member wrote “It’s like going to Broadway for a tenth of the price.” For this production of Bakersfield Mist, the beloved Sandwich Players has collaborated with Off the Dock Players to provide a truly professional theatrical experience. Ben Bullard, Board member of The Sandwich Players, directs this play with the passion and experience only decades of experience can provide. Nancy Blaine, dramaturge and Artistic Director of OTDP said, “The clash of culture, shock of blunt language, snobbery of experts and the transformative power of art is what drew us to this powerful and very funny play.”

Over the last two weekends in August, Bakersfield Mist will play at the Sandwich Town Hall Theatre, 8 Maple St., Sandwich. Performances are the last two weekends in August: Friday and Saturday,18 and19, at 7:30 p.m., and the following Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.offthedockplayers.com, at the Village Green Café and Market, 25 Main St., Sandwich and at the door.
For more information, call 603-284- 6897.